Petco CEO Jim Myers to retire

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SAN DIEGO — Petco announced Tuesday that Chairman and CEO Jim Myers will retire and be succeeded by Brad Weston, the San Diego-based company’s president and chief merchandiser.

Myers joined Petco in 1990 and helped build the company from a regional player into a national specialty retail chain with more than 1,470 Petco and Unleashed by Petco stores in the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico.

The firm also has an online business through and Drs. Foster & Smith, which offers prescription services and pet supplies.

“I am tremendously proud of the entire Petco team and all we’ve accomplished during the last 26 years,” Myers said in a prepared statement. “We’ve assembled one of the strongest leadership teams in the industry and together we’ve built a great brand and a very clear strategy that informs our long-term objectives and priorities.”

Myers, Petco’s CEO for a dozen years, said he will continue as a company board member and adviser.

Weston joined Petco five years ago and will succeed Myers on Feb. 1, the company reported.

In his current position, he is responsible for driving the company’s overall business strategy, operations and merchandising activities, as well as marketing and e-commerce. Prior to joining Petco, he held senior leadership roles at Dick’s Sporting Goods, May Merchandising Co. and Robinsons-May.